With only a year left until he graduates, Chace Biddle is in the situation he always expected – getting heavily recruited by coaches from top athletic programs. While that part remains true, coaches are more interested in what Biddle can do on the gridiron rather than around it.
“I thought I was gonna go to college for track,” Biddle said.
The speedster from Garland High School always envisioned a future in track and field, but it wasn’t until the football offers started to pile up when Biddle realized his true potential as a defensive back.
“It’s kind of surprising to me because I really didn’t think I’d play football,” he said. “Growing up, I had always been good at track. I’ve been more of a track guy. I really didn’t take football seriously…until when I got probably my second offer. I realized okay, maybe I have a shot at this. It comes as a surprise that football is taking me places.”
Biddle’s initial passion for track likely helped him become the football player he is today. He describes his game as “very fast on my feet,” and believes his speed and reaction time are some of his biggest strengths.
These strengths helped Biddle become the No. 3 athlete and No. 38 player in the state on TexasFootball.com.
Biddle received his first Division I offer his sophomore year from Kansas in October 2019. March 2020 proved to be a big month for Biddle, earning offers from SMU, Texas, USC, Oklahoma and Baylor all within a 20-day span.
“It really started to pick up last year,” he said. “I mean, when I got Texas, and I got USC in the same night, that was unbelievable for me…like dang, I really have a chance at this.”
Today, Biddle has offers from the majority of traditional college football powerhouses, adding schools like Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Texas A&M to the mix. Currently, Biddle has his recruiting process narrowed down to seven schools: Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Michigan, TCU and SMU.
As time passes, Biddle will have to knock schools off of his list. To narrow down his selection, he looks for a healthy blend of football and family.
“It's kind of a little bit of both,” Biddle said. “The family aspect after the football aspect. Like, they focus on football, but not all they talk about is football. They talk about the family environment as well as football and the academic standpoint of the school.”
Biddle officially visited TCU on Friday and has Texas A&M and Oklahoma planned on June 11 and June 18. While on campus, Biddle looks for consistency in conversation with coaches.
“I want the vibe [in person] to match the energy on the phone,” he said.
Regardless of what school lands Biddle, it will still be over a year before he suits up for his college football debut. First, he will lead the Garland Owls defense through the treacherous Texas 6A waters.
When asked when he would consider committing, Biddle’s response reflected his dedication to his senior season.
“I want to do it before or after the season but not during the season,” he said. “During the season, I’ll be focused with my team.”
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